Jobs at Ravenwood
“I was looking for meaningful work that would be of valuable service to people, community, and the planet. Well, I found that in Ravenwood, AND so much more!” -Ann Campbell
About Working for Ravenwood
Do you want to connect deeply with nature and community, and help others to do the same? Do you want to give your best while you help others grow and learn? Ravenwood offers many opportunities for people from all backgrounds to help make the world a better place, while earning a living and creating supportive community around you.
As an administrator, you can support field staff in doing their direct work changing kids’ lives, while you do the work of keeping our community connected in fun, healthy and regenerative ways. As a field staff member, you can help make the world a better place by playing games, telling stories, singing songs, asking questions about plants and animals – while teaching crafts and skills and exploring beautiful wild places.
Ravenwood’s mission is to cultivate health, passion for learning, and stewardship of ecological and human communities through nature-based mentoring of youth, families, and community members. Ravenwood is all about healthy communities, and we stand up for equity and diversity in everything we do. Quality mentoring guides our mission and connects us deeply to the land and to each other, creating cross-generational relationships filled with meaning, hope, and resilience. There are many distractions and obstacles in our fast-paced society, and an increasing number of negative trends—health issues, stress, violence, racism, sexism, homophobia, disrespect, substance abuse, attention disorders, and more—all of which need our attention and action as a community. Ravenwood is here to help, a place for kids and adults to learn and grow, naturally.
Ravenwood acknowledges with gratitude that we operate on the homelands of the Bitterroot Salish, Kootenai, and Pend d’Oreille people in what is now called the Flathead Valley of Montana. From the 1700’s through the present, these Indigenous people have resisted and persevered over colonialism and genocide. Today non-Indigenous Montanans now occupy much of the Indigenous homeland, including the land that Ravenwood uses for our nature connection programs. Ravenwood acknowledges that we benefit from these historic injustices, and seeks to honor the unique cultural heritage of Montana’s first peoples through our words and actions.
Ravenwood strives to be respectful of Indigenous cultures in everything we do, and we have a policy to address the potential for cultural appropriation in our work. You can see our policy on cultural appropriation and how we choose what to teach here.
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Development and Communications Director
The Ravenwood Development and Communications Director (DD) will provide leadership for all aspects of fundraising and communications including: events, donor development, grant writing and reporting, social media, newsletters, donor and foundation database management, and the advancement of community partnerships as they relate to the success of program objectives and organizational capacity building. The DD will work as part of the Ravenwood Leadership Team. Leadership Team members include Ravenwood Executive Director (ED), Brett Holmquist, and Program Director (PD), Jennifer Bresee.
The Ravenwood Board of Directors will guide organizational strategy and work in concert with the Leadership Team to develop annual program and development plans and budgets and be jointly responsible for communicating and managing any changes to the adopted plans with the Leadership Team.
How to Apply
Submit a letter of interest via email with resume and three references to Jennifer Bresee, firstname.lastname@example.org. Selected candidates will be asked to complete an application and schedule a personal interview (Zoom, telephone, or similar connection options are possible) at a mutually agreeable time.
What people are saying about working for Ravenwood:
“I just finished working my fifth season with Ravenwood this past fall. When I started working for Brett back in the Spring of 2010 as a Nature Connection Mentor, I really had no idea what I was signing up for. I was looking for meaningful work that would be of valuable service to people, community, and the planet.
“Well, I found that in Ravenwood, AND so much more! The 8 Shields model of Deep Nature Connection is a personally transformative model of mentoring and learning, and it has a far reaching impact on community and the greater world. When we learn to connect deeply with nature, we can’t help but learn to connect with ourselves and others too. We can’t help but cultivate empathy and a sense of interconnectedness to everything, and that is the fuel for long-term, effective change. …
“I would recommend this job for anyone interested in making a positive difference through meaningful work, and for anyone who is interested in having fun while doing it! You will laugh, cry and sing more than you ever have, and maybe all at the same time.”